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Friday, March 4, 2011

Nadastrom on Whether Dutch House Is Dead, and Is Moombahton a Real Genre?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Blood for life. Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom.
  • Blood for life. Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom.

There's really no typical way to classify DJ/Producer/Comedy duo Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom, better known as Nadastrom, as anything but original. With music that makes you want to start a mosh pit yet salsa dance at the same time, their parties have been named "Best Party in America" by Spin for good reason. It's hard to see how combining their minds could be nothing short of genius, with Nada accidentally inventing the subgenre moombahton and Nordstrom earning a Grammy nomination for his production work. Catch these two cutting vicious bass lines and setting your feet on fire this Saturday at Mighty with Harvard Bass.

For those of us that aren't that familiar with your loving relationship, please tell us how you connected and formed Nadastrom. Can you categorize your relationship in one sentence?

D (Dave Nada): We're brothers in a sense. We treat each other like we're siblings, brothers. We grew up on lots of the same music, and share lots of the same likes. It's a really strong camaraderie that's special and rare. And I've been in a shit ton of bands, and it's really hard to stay level-headed and have the same taste when you're in a group. It's kind of on some brothers shit. Oh, that sounds cheesy.

M(Matt Nordstrom): Well when we both first met and playing records, we kind of talked about the same thing. You know, it's like when you meet someone and where did you come from, and then discovering you have the same interests growing up, like music [and] ninja movies. Everything was just similar, and we joked about the brothers from another mother and all that.

D: Basically all aspects of our lives have had an influence in our music.

Bonding is important. So for those of us unfamiliar with moombahton, how do you think it relates to the older genre cumbia? Moombahton sort of sounds like Dutch house mixed with reggaeton mixed with Latin dance.

D: Cumbia has been around forever, where moombahton has been around for a year. There's cumbia influence in moombahton, but there's also contemporary cumbia that has been growing over the years. To the naked ear, someone that doesn't really know, cumbia has just been around. I grew up on it as a kid. Moombahton pulls half pulls from that type of Latin music. It's different in not just the history, but sound-wise.

So it's just a matter of people getting their shit straight and listening more closely.

D: Yeah it's easier for people just to lump everything together.

M: Maybe a similar comparison would be how house and dubstep are both from the same family of dance music. House came from awhile back and slowly progressed and still had an influence on what became dubstep and turned into garage, and then garage influenced dubstep. That could be a comparison. Dave?

D: Pretty good.

Lately people have seen saying Dutch house is over, do you moombahton is the new Dutch house?

D: No, I don't think so, I mean with moombahton is hard to predict anything with it right now, because it's barely a year old and it's basing itself off its influences. It definitely has Dutch house background; it's totally grown from that in our eyes. But to have the popularity and recognition [of] Dutch house is pretty big. We just kind of want to see it grow as much as possible, creativity-wise too.

What's one thing you guys hate that people do that your shows?

D: People that don't care what we're doing.

M: Yeah totally.

D: Basically if we're playing ... no one cares what we're doing.

M: It makes us feel terrible.

D: But it's hard to hate anything while we're working 'cause we DJ for a living. We're pretty stoked all the time.

I recently watched this video on your blog where you guys started playing "Rolling in the Deep," by Adele, and it seemed like a huge hit! Do you guys have a limit to what you would play/mix, or does anything fly?

D: Any track we come across that would be really fun to play ... we always try to mix it in our sets, whether it's electronic music or a fuckin' classic top song. Any way we can try to find a way to twist it, and have a fun crowd reaction, we'll play it.

Nadastrom's latest single is "All Night." If you guy were to set this to a scene, what would it look like?

M: We actually have something coming up and can't give it away just yet, so everyone just has to stay tuned.

D: If any movie comes to mind, it's a pretty self-explanatory track where it can be any movie that documents some crazy beginning-to-end story like License to Drive or something.

What are some of the best times you've DJ'd?


D: One of the best experiences playing at our hometown in D.C. at our friend's night club called U Street Music Hall. Every time we play there, it's on. We get to play whatever we want, and however we want, with great support out there. That's the top experience.

M: The worst is like when Dave said people don't care what we're doing. But then again, we have the best job in the world and it's hard to look badly upon any aspect of it.

Some DJs have diva moments. I'm guessing you guys don't, but what should S.F. have prepared for you?

D: I feel like a lightweight when it comes to real rockstar-dom choices. I guess we have our moments ... a bottle of Jameson?

M: Me too.

D: We're pretty simple dudes.

What are you guys looking forward to doing in S.F.? 

M: Yeah well, we're literally flying in that night and out pretty quickly the next morning. This is going to be my second time there, and I really want to come sometime to really see the city. Most of the time I just stay at the hotel. However, I've heard so many amazing things; I want to come back and hangout in the summertime.

How do you guys feel about opening for Harvard Bass?

D: It's awesome, we're huge fans, it's our first time playing with him, and he's got a great catalog. And it'll make for a great night!

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